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4GRE blog:
July 30, 2017
The ally. Music is the way.

July 29, 2017
Horizontal global interchange. Music is the way.

July 28, 2017
Secure communication between groups. Music is the way.

July 27, 2017
A pathway to practical education. Music is the way.

July 26, 2017
Create a community. Music is the way.

July 25, 2017
Deeper self knowledge. Music is the way.

July 24, 2017
Resist state totalitarianism. Music is the way.

July 23, 2017
Energy for the struggle. Music is the way.

July 22, 2017
Deeper social relations. Music is the way.

July 21, 2017
An historical record tied to people. Music is the way.

July 20, 2017
Epic anger. Music is the way.

July 19, 2017
Fight alienation. Music is the way.

July 18, 2017
A purpose from purposelessness. Music is the way.

July 17, 2017
End police repression. Music is the way.

July 16, 2017
A reason for living. Music is the way.

July 15, 2017
We can do better. Music is the way.

January 25, 2017

Last night Keith Richards visited me in a dream. He arrived suddenly, interrupting whatever else was happening, and was insistent that we head immediately to a bar to be able to sit and talk at length. He then launched into a treatise on electric guitar and guitar more generally– history, achievements, notable players, fads and trends. He talked about his dismay at the current situation full of dogmatism and pedantry and was fearful of what the near future would hold. He was worried that an instrument that had achieved so much and was so available to everyone, more so than any other instrument before it, was being lost. He did all this without resorting to the usual cynicisms and crankiness an older generation usually levies at the young– he was genuinely concerned. He still saw the opportunities inherent in an instrument mass produced, cheaply available, easily modifiable, at home solo or in ensemble, electric or acoustic and was pissed that so few shared his vision. He still saw the vast network players of this instrument represent, and lamented that he had not been able to galvanize it in a useful way. To him it is now more of a market for trinkets than the organized force for societal change it could be. He talked about his own wager on the instrument and where it had taken him: his achievements both technical and compositional, his connection to and respect for the instrument–so visible whenever it was in his hands, his fame, his failures. I tried to ask questions but every time he waved me off saying there was no time he was not long for this world. “Is Keith Richards dead?” was the first thing I asked getting up in the morning. I am thankful for the lesson but glad he is still with us for a bit longer.

January 1, 2017

70 performances , 224 since 2012
Coils on Malbec released
Learned to ollie
Learned to circular breathe
Learned bass drum and conga doubles
Made so many friends, saw so many friends


March 27, 2016

The first of many proposal-compositions

Cyrus Pireh
+1 (917) 291-7497

To Whom it May Concern,

Greetings my name is Cyrus Pireh. Please forgive me for writing in english. I am a composer and electric guitarist from the usa. I am writing to answer the open call for participation in the FIME – Festival Internacional de Música Experimental.

As a composer I have developed the ability to conceive of a musical action and also to bring about the conditions necessary for that action happen. This is an ability I have honed through years of schooling, teaching, performance, and dedicated experimentation.

I do not claim to be able to make a suitable proposal for the festival. Though I am a usa person, I do not pretend that I have skills or talents that are different than or unique from music makers in Brasil or anywhere else in the world. In fact I would argue against my own inclusion in the festival on the grounds that as a usa person I should be working to create space for others and not seeking more space for myself.

To that end, to be a participant, to be happening in the festival with its opportunities to meet and create music with others in structured or unstructured settings as the situation would determine, would be a great honor. I would bring my instrument, which is an experimental electric guitar of my own design pictured below. I would perform with any or all persons present. I would happily share any and all knowledge from my own experience and offer contacts from my own working network. I would happily give or participate in talks or classes on current experimental music composition in academic and/or popular contexts.

I am at all times seeking a praxis of music, which I believe to be beyond the boundary of the performer-audience dichotomy. I believe the format of a happening to be the best vehicle for traversing that boundary. In my own practice, I seek the limits of the body in hours-long performances of sound textures that are usually produced by machines. Were I to be invited to participate, I would happily conform my action to fit the alloted 20-45 minute duration. My technical requirements would be a public address system (PA) and a wireless microphone.

Please find below biographical text as well as links to audio-visual material. If there is any additional information I can supply, please let me know and I will do so right away. Thank you very much for your consideration.

Very Sincerely,
cyrus pireh

March 9, 2016

Hello friends. Two years ago on 3/17/14 I had a headache that turned out to be caused by a large tumor in my head. I was very very lucky and the tumor turned out to be begnin and receptive to treatment by medication no surgery or radiation. As of late 2015 the tumor is gone and there is now a large space in my head. Through this experience, louder than any other thought was this: what is important to NOW? The answer: love and music. This year on 3/17/16 please join me in celebrating my tumorversary at The Dojo in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, as I rip on stolen time with the inimitable musicians Rob Lundberg and Ryan Packard in our Nestle trio. For me this night will go well beyond the concept of show, and I hope to be able to share it with you.

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